The other day while working with @BluSkyFilms helping with a Real Estate Video, I watched as he tested out the new CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal. One thing I noticed was how many times he let go of the gimbal handle every time he needed to Start and Stop video. This could literally be hundreds of times in a full day shoot. Because most people don't want to deal with wires on a stabilizer, here's an inexpensive Wireless Panasonic Remote I think could really save a lot of time and improve efficiency on the job. It's about $25 dollars and I can verify that it does work with cameras like the Panasonic GH4 / GH5.
You can mount it to the handle of your gimbal allowing for for easy Start/Stop video controls. What i've done is to add a strip of industrial double sided tape to the front, and lay a velcro strap over the top. This will let you mount it to just about any type of handle, and it's not permanent. Available on Amazon (here).
Here's a look at the new S1A1 (single axis) Motion Control System that can be added to the iFootage Shark Slider and expand it's functionality. With the S1A1 Motion Control add-on you can now wireless control the movements of the Shark Slider and also program the system for advanced Time Lapse functions.
To keep this video somewhat short, I'm not going to show you instructions on how to program the S1A1 unit. Instead i'm just showing you some of the features and how it performs. Check out the video below.
At slow speeds the motor is near silent which means you can use it for live interviews without interfering with audio. If you're looking for that slider shot and work as with a minimal crew, the S1A1 can be programmed to 'loop' and will continuously travel back and forth. If you have specific points along the slider that it needs to travel, you can record your movements and play them back to repeat once, or loop infinitely.
For advanced timelapse the S1A1 can be peformed to do a slow crawl, or move at set intervals and exposure times. A wireless receiver can also be used to trigger your camera's shutter so that it is in sync with the S1A1 System and does not move during your exposure.
The menu is a bit confusing (at least it was for me), but once it's been explained, it's pretty easy to navigate. And because that instructional part of the video could be lengthy, i'll post up a separate video on how to enter those features in to the software. If you'd like to find out more about the Shark Slider and the new S1A1 Motion Control System, please visit Camotionllc.com (click here).
If you don't already have an Intervalometer (Timer Remote) for time lapse photography, you might want to take a look at the new Phottix offering. Phottix recently announced the new Aion 2.4ghz wireless (can be used wired also) remote. Of course it's got the basic timer and shutter release features along with an amazing number of triggering options - including auto-bracketing for HDR.
Phottix Aion Wireless Remote
* Timer and Long Exposure Functions
* Shutter Release Functions
* Wired or wireless operations
* 2.4 GHz frequency
* 60m range
* Backlit LCD
* AAA batteries
1. Self, interval and long exposure timers
2. Number of frames setting
3. Auto-bracketed timer setting for HDR photos
1. Two-stage shutter button for AF and shutter release
2. Instant, continuous 5 shot, 2 second delay and bulb shutter release mode.